Research shows the more detrimental a product's potential is on the environment, the more knowledgeable consumers become about other eco-friendly options within that same industry. Consumers of leather, manufactured rubber and water management materials all have some of the most informed consumers. Likewise, brands that understand their impact on the environment are the same ones that the educated buyer will seek out.
Tires are a necessity in our modern world, but their manufacturing can put a strain on the environment. Continental Tires is using a new manufacturing practice that allows the company to source its rubber from dandelions, a fast-growing and sustainable weed in nature. Because dandelions bloom easily, dandelion rubber would then take the burden away from environmentally-unhealthy, factory-produced rubber. This innovative new idea won Continental the GreenTec Award in 2014.
Disposable batteries are a huge source of waste. Not only do consumers run through batteries at an alarming rate, but used batteries are toxic to the environment. That's why Green Batteries has a website to order all the best eco-friendly, rechargeable batteries. Using rechargeable batteries is the best option for consumer use. But if you can't or choose not to use these products, it's best to instead purchase disposable batteries that are biodegradable.
Under a worst-case scenario, the clothing on your back was made from non-renewable materials by sweatshop laborers who made cents on the dollar to make the product. Wallis Evera is trying to buck that trend by manufacturing fair trade hemp clothing. Hemp is, of course, a natural and highly-renewable material, growing at rates in the same category as bamboo.
With some cities and states charging buyers for plastic bags, many consumers know the importance of shopping with reusable shopping bags. Project Greenbag is all about sustainability and creating reusable shopping bags made from cotton. The San Francisco-based company makes its bags big, organic and supportable.
We cannot live without water, but the quality of some city’s water is questionable, at best. This has created a demand for bottled water, with every disposable bottle becoming another item in a trash hill. Fit Bottles look like disposable water bottles, but instead have water filters to create fresh, clean water without the negative impact on the environment.
Cutting your lawn is bad for the Earth on several levels. That's because gas-powered mowers are loud, use fossil fuels, and pump smog into the atmosphere. For people with small yards, or those willing to flex their muscles a bit during the semi-monthly chore, the Ecomower is a motorless lawn mower that's as environmentally-friendly as can be.
Showering is one of the largest uses of water in a home, and Home Depot has a program to help people calculate water savings in their home by switching to the eco-friendly Watersense showerhead. By making the switch, Home Depot estimates customers will realize an annual savings of 2,900 gallons of water.
For those wanting to bring their environmentalism to an apex, try composting. Ecoscraps has everything you need to turn your waste into a garden. Create a compost heap and grow your own fruits and vegetables for the ultimate in eco-friendly living.